We are all so Blessed

Being new to anywhere is tough. There’s been many places I’ve wanted to go in life, but my courage just wouldn’t show up. Recently though my passion for this thing in my hand with a lens on it – that captures moments of life – has taken me over. When my camera is between my hands I just come alive, and I want to know more and I want to learn more, in fact as much as I can soak up. So a while back during one morning I began reading a devotion before my prayers, and the first line read “Decide what it is you want and need, then go to the person you need it from and ask for it.” The rest of it is awesome, but too long to write. When I read it I thought oh no! Now I have to find my courage. The definition of Courage to me is “Do It Scared”. So that’s what I did.

Over a year ago I contacted Scott Moore through Facebook. I never met him before in my life. Did not know the man. He met me at Starbucks, and I told him what I wanted to be. I wanted to photograph landscapes, and wildlife. He was so giving of his time, and his wisdom. He checked out my equipment, and he gave me pointers on what lenses I needed to buy. We met for at least 2 hours. I couldn’t believe a total stranger would do that – for me. So I did what he said although it took me some time to buy some of the the equipment. Then I saw him in the Wal-Mart parking lot this summer and he actually remembered me! He helped me again figure out what lens I would need to rent to take on a Everglades trip in a week or so. Such a nice guy. If he didn’t know the answer to any of my questions he always called Dawna – just like a man. LOL – Sorry Scott I couldn’t resist. Scott then contacted me to go on the photo walk. I always said I would do one of those so this time I “did it scared”. Scott was there though to ease my mind and help me out. I met Dawna and thanked her for letting me borrow Scott for all my photo questions. Photographing wildlife and portraits of humans is NOT the same!!

He kept telling me about this photography club, but I was scared to come to a group. Scared to bring my work out against so many accomplished photographers. Again, photographing nature and wildlife are so different than portraits. In the meantime, I saw a Facebook post about that club by Jimmie Stone. I ended up meeting Jimmie that day at the photo walk. I found Jimmie was the nicest guy. Since then, Jimmie has helped me with photographing birds in flight which is a big challenge I want to overcome. He’s given all kinds of tips and tricks. He’s taken me shooting twice and helped me with my computer. He’s lent me his long lens and extra camera since I am in the market for a long lens, and he wanted me to be able to try out different types. He’s a calm, patient teacher. So GIVING of his time.

I guess what I am really trying to say is how blessed we all are that we have each other. What one person doesn’t know then maybe the other one does and can share it with them. If we want something bad enough too, we shouldn’t deprive our self of it. Life’s too short to not live it well. Go for it whatever it is you want. I’d also like to thank Scott and Dawna for bringing those items to the meeting that they gave away. I thought that was way awful nice of them, and I actually got something I had never heard of or seen before. Looking forward to using it. So I hope I can help some of you someday as much as I have already been helped and been welcomed to your group. Jimmie thank you for taking over the group and saving friendships, and a lot of wisdom being shared among us.

Remember – We are ALL BLESSED!

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Allison Healan Lawrence

Author: Allison Healan Lawrence

Allison Healan Lawrence has had a passion for photography since she was 7 years old. She attended Gwinnett Technical College in the Commercial Photography Program from 1984-1986. She graduated with Best Portfolio among many other honors. She was selected the TOP Post-Secondary Technical Student in the State of Georgia in 1986 representing over 40,000 students and 32 schools in the GOAL program. GOAL stand for Georgia Occupational Award of Leadership. She won a car, spoke to the House, and Senate, and became an ambassador for Technical Education that year. She went on to open a portrait studio for 25 years in the Atlanta area, and in 2004 Gwinnett County which is over -1 million strong - voted her the Best Photographer in the County. Allison’s specialty is black and white relationship photography. Allison retired in 2009 to move to Amelia Island and raise her daughter. She now has the passion to photograph nature and wildlife. She hopes you will follow her on her [email protected] Allison Healan Photography, and Instagram @allisonhealanphotography.